Tidbits to take with you on this journey called life.
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Hi <<First Name>>,

When I was in college, one weekend I was suddenly compelled to join the cycling club. I assembled all of the biking gear and showed up on time for this miles-long ride. I learned about drafting and felt like a champ riding with the club. I made it to the end (despite a fall that sliced open my thigh) and was proud of myself. But for days after the ride, I could literally barely walk.

It was total insanity as I had been sedentary before that weekend and it had never occurred to me that I actually needed to train before this monster ride. That was my last venture with the club. I wasn't interested in training.

Cut to 20 years later and I have basically done the same thing. I decided I wanted to start getting in shape by walking up and down my building staircase after a period of no strenuous exercise. There are 21 stories, 18 steps per floor. I got the idea that I could convince my colleague, a couch potato, to also climb stairs for exercise and we could set a goal of training for the 2016 Empire State Building Run-Up on Feb. 3.

Yes, the Empire State Building is 86 flights with 1,576 stairs and people from all around the world race to the top (the fastest runners get to the top in about 10 minutes), and yes, we have less than three months to train, but what a cool goal, right?

So I set out in my building to climb up and down the 21 stories--or 378 steps--and it really didn't seem like a big deal. But for the following three days I limped around. It was too much exercise after such a long hiatus.

My colleague and I are still waiting to find out if we can get into the run-up, which I would be walking, but he said if we don't get in, we will find another super tall tower to climb as a climax for the work we plan to put in.

I have enjoyed saying "I'm training," even though all I've done is walk a few hundred steps. What I'm learning, hopefully for the last time, is that I can't go from ground zero to the top of the Empire State Building without taking baby steps to get there. So tonight I cut the 21 stories down by a third, and I plan to gradually build up so I can get to 21 without being in agony afterwards, and hopefully I will have the opportunity to climb my way to 86.

End-of-Year Vision Board Workshop

It's nearing that time of year again when we reflect on what we've accomplished over the last year, look to shed what we no longer need and visualize what we want for the future.
Let's get together and create road maps to success by making our own vision board--a collage of images, pictures and affirmations of dreams and desires--participating in coaching activities and releasing worries by way of helium balloons.
The workshop will include:
Vision boarding (supplies provided)
Helium balloons
Coaching exercises
Soft drinks
Date: Dec. 12, 2015
Time: 1-5 p.m.
Price: $45
Location: 425 Park Avenue South, #3C (between East 29th and East 30th Streets)
Check out photographs of past vision board workshops and read testimonials.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. Or else, you can sign up and safely pay HERE.

Connect the Dots Coaching offers individual as well as custom group coaching to help people in transition achieve what they want in life. Contact us to learn more, or check out our website at

Yours in Service,
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